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Re: Front Brake Pads - XT225 [Re: cogitech] #141826 06/04/18 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted By: peejman
I'm not sure if there's a tutorial here or not. Flushing brake fluid is pretty simple. There's plenty of videos and such available.

This uses a vacuum pump (I have one) but you can also use the lever.
http://motorcycle-central.com/flush-your-brake-fluid/

If you use the lever, don't screw up the sequence and suck air back into the system, and don't let the reservoir run dry... AMHIK.


Thanks!


I finally got around to installing the new chain, sprockets, front/rear brake shoes/pads, horn, and changing the brake fluid. Cleaned and re-oiled the UNI - need to change the engine oil yet.

It feels great to have all that done. Going to insure the XT after work today and get back to riding. It has been way too long.


'06 XT225, 2" hole in airbox, Z1 mod, 127.5 main jet, UNI air filter, Corbin seat, PIAA 500Hz, custom aluminum rear rack.
Re: Front Brake Pads - XT225 [Re: cogitech] #141830 06/05/18 08:40 PM
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I didn't expect a reduction in braking performance after replacing the front pads, but of course it makes sense since the rotors are scored and the new pads are perfectly flat. I'll feel better once the pads are bedded into the rotors.

Rear brakes are better than ever, and the new chain and sprockets are SOOO silky smooth !! Love it.


'06 XT225, 2" hole in airbox, Z1 mod, 127.5 main jet, UNI air filter, Corbin seat, PIAA 500Hz, custom aluminum rear rack.
Re: Front Brake Pads - XT225 [Re: cogitech] #142039 07/01/18 09:25 PM
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I changed to Ferodo FDB383SG when my originals wore out. The SG compound was the most aggressive that they offered. They're OK but the XT's brakes have never been very strong. I would have bought their CP211 compound if it was offered.


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Re: Front Brake Pads - XT225 [Re: cogitech] #148329 06/26/20 11:43 PM
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Most of these front brake threads have been around for a while, but I will add my two bits. At 11,000 miles, I decided to replace both the 14-year old rubber brake line and the pads. On June 3, I ordered a Galfer brake line through Amazon, and some HH semi-metallic pads. The pads arrived within a couple of days; the brake line arrived June 24. My birthday was June 25, so this was a nice present. Apparently the pandemic has wreaked havoc with production, and the seller, a motorcycle shop in Michigan, couldn't do anything until Galfer shipped. I checked with my local off-road shop, and they said nothing was available, other than OEM rubber brake line for $85, so I waited, and waited, and waited.

Pretty straightforward job. Unbolt the brake line, remove the caliper, separate the two halves, remove the pads, clean everything. The pads were about 75% worn; the notches were still visible, but only about 1/16" of pad remained; they could probably have made it to 12,000 miles. To remove pad residue from the OEM pads, I sanded the rotor with 220 grit garnet paper and brake parts cleaner, then wiped the rotor clean with brake parts cleaner. I have a vacuum bleeder pump to suck the new fluid through, and to my surprise, there didn't seem to be any air in the line.

Went for a test ride this morning, and as expected, brake feel is much firmer. It's no longer possible to pull the lever almost all the way back to the grip. Perhaps the pads haven't fully bedded in yet, but the stopping power has not increased as much as I expected, although it's noticeably better than before. Braking remains very progressive, so if I give it a good squeeze on pavement, it slows down fast enough, but it's not touchy, so I'm not worried about locking up the front wheel on dirt.

Last edited by Selden; 06/26/20 11:55 PM.

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